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Teachers' ratings of preschool children's behavior: Inter-teacher agreement, correlation with observations, and the prediction of teacher behavior


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Teachers' ratings of children's behavior are an essential tool of psychological research and practice. Previous research has reported levels of agreement between parents' and teachers' report of children's behavior, but relatively little attention has been paid to the agreement between teachers or between teachers and observers. In general, teacher-observer agreement has been found to be superior to parent-teacher agreement, but inferior to inter-teacher agreement. The present study included 170 children. Twenty-nine preschool teachers reported on the behavior of the children in their classroom, using Achenbach's Teacher Report Form. Research assistants coded children's behavior using videotapes of the preschool classrooms. Agreement between teacher reports was stronger than teacher-observer agreement. Standardization of teacher-report data within classrooms resulted in improved agreement, suggesting that reliability may be improved by focusing on report of children's behavior relative to other children in the classroom, rather than on an absolute scale. Inter-teacher agreement, and some types of teacher-observer agreement, showed significant variation across informant pairs. Finally, a teacher's perceptions of a child's behavior predicted aspects of the teacher's behavior toward the child, even after accounting for the child's behavior.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychotherapy;
Preschool education
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0518: Preschool education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology; Interteacher agreement; Preschool children; Teachers
Title
Teachers' ratings of preschool children's behavior: Inter-teacher agreement, correlation with observations, and the prediction of teacher behavior
Author
Dobbs, Jennifer Ellen
Number of pages
70
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 67/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542977015
Advisor
Arnold, David H.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3242297
ProQuest document ID
305307089
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305307089
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